Give Me…. Sleep!

I have a wonderful “early” show tomorrow. I put early in quotes because at 6:40am it’s really not that early. It could be much worse. Like the next morning, at 5am. Either way, the trick is getting to sleep early the night before and at least pretending to get a somewhat normal amount of sleep before getting up early. The problem with that is that it can be difficult to move a sleep schedule in just one day. Normally I try to slide my schedule forward or backwards as I approach a set of early or late shows. I’ve been planning all week to go to bed earlier and earlier each night as I got closer to this evening, and force my self to get up earlier and earlier.

Unfortunately it didn’t exactly work out that way. The *plan* was to go to bed around 10pm last night and get up at 7am, giving myself my normal 9 hours of sleep. And then tonight I would go to sleep at 9pm and get up at 5am, which would still give me 8 hours. So here it is 9:35pm and I’m typing this and not 34 minutes into my first sleep cycle. So what happened?

Well, I actually did get into bed only 45 minutes later then I wanted to last night. The problem is, the heat kept me up. I tossed and turned from 10:45 until almost midnight. At that point I gave up and turned on the air conditioning. It took about 20 minutes for my apartment to cool down and I eventually fell asleep. Because of that I ended up sleeping in until almost 9am. That means of course I’m not really tired right now.

Wonderful how it all works out huh? I’m playing it smart tonight and the AC came on 15 minutes ago. Hopefully it will be cool enough when I do go to sleep in a few minutes here that I’ll actually be able to fall asleep for real. Even if I do, 5am is going to seem REALLY early tomorrow morning.

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. A late night arrival into Chattanooga, TN late last month.

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